OCCRI Researchers

Title: Assistant Professor
Name: Jeffrey Bethel
Institution: Oregon State University
Department: College of Public Health and Human Sciences

PhD, Epidemiology, University of California, Davis, 2005
BS, Biochemistry, University of California, Davis, 1997

Research Theme: My research interests include infectious disease epidemiology, health effects of climate change, and disaster preparedness. Currently, my research group is working to identify populations vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters and to develop interventions to increase household- and community-level preparedness. I am also leading a study to identify risk factors for heat-related illness among farmworkers in Oregon as outdoor workers have been identified as a population vulnerable to climate-related health effects. I recently authored a chapter in the Northwest Climate Assessment Report on the health effects of climate change in the Northwest.

Research Fields:

Community and Disaster Planning
Human Impacts Health
Outreach and Engagement

Professional Activities:

Editorial Board, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

Member, Disaster Epidemiology Committee, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)

Ad hoc reviewer for seven journals

Selected Publications:

Kearney G, Lea S, Balanay J, Wu Qiang, Bethel JW, Von Hollen H, Sheppard K, Tutor R, Defazio J. An Assessment of Sun Safety Behavior among Farmers Attending a Regional Farm Show in North Carolina. Journal of Agromedicine. J Agromed. 2013;18(1):65-73.

Burke S, Bethel JW, Britt A.F. Assessing Disaster Preparedness among Latino Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Eastern North Carolina. Int J Env Res Public Health. 2012;9(9):3115-33.

Bethel JW, Foreman A, and Burke S. Disaster preparedness among medically vulnerable populations. Am J Prev Med. 2011;40(2):139-43.

Bethel JW and Waterman SH. West Nile virus knowledge among Hispanics, San Diego County, California, USA, 2006. Emerg Infect Dis. 2010;16(8):1324-6.

Bethel JW and Waterman SH. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding influenza control measures among Hispanics in San Diego County – 2006. Ethnicity & Disease, 2009;19(4):377-83.